1 amusement, pastime, diversion, distraction, recreation, play; sport:
She regards love as just a game.
2 contest, competition, meeting or US also meet, tournament or US also tourney, match, encounter, engagement, event, round; regatta:
Would you like to see a football game? The games are held annually.
3 scheme, plan, plot, design, stratagem, strategy, tactic, artifice, trick, device(s), ploy:
Aha! I am on to your little game!
4 occupation, line (of work), job, position, field, business, trade, profession, Slang racket:
She is in the advertising game.
5 quarry, prey; victim, target:
Game has been plentiful this year, especially pheasant and quail. He is fair game for any unscrupulous swindler.
6 play games. dissemble, dissimulate, be deceitful or underhand, misrepresent, pretend, practise deceit or deception, fake, feign:
She wasn't serious about selling, she was just playing games.
7 ready, willing, prepared; plucky or spirited or daring or adventurous enough:
She's game for anything: I'm sure she'll jump at the chance of scuba-diving lessons.
8 plucky, spirited, high-spirited, daring, devil-may-care, adventurous, unflinching, courageous, brave, bold, heroic, Colloq nervy, gutsy:
Entering the cave to rescue the dog was a game thing for him to do.
He has taken up gaming as a hobby.